Mattress manufacturer MLILY opens U.S. Headquarters in Knoxville
As it continues to transform and grow its business, leading mattress manufacturer MLILY USA has officially opened its U.S. headquarters in Knoxville. The 10,000-square-foot facility will serve as the company’s command center for its rapid growth strategy in the United States and will house MLILY’s order processing, marketing, product development and training, as well as a corporate-owned retail store designed as a testing lab for new designs.
The new headquarters, prominently located in the well-trafficked Village Green Shopping Center, will manage the growing U.S. footprint for the China-based company, which recently opened a 650,000-square-foot factory and distribution center on 150 acres in Winnsboro, South Carolina. The factory will manufacture the company’s extensive mattress line to be sold throughout the U.S. by home furnishings and sleep retailers.
“We’re making a significant investment here to grow our business in the United States, and our Knoxville location will be a pivotal part of our growth,” said James Ni, chairman and chief executive officer of Healthcare Co. Ltd., the parent company of MLILY USA. “The Knoxville location affords us the ability to seamlessly manage our operations here in the states. Our business model is working, and the combination of the plant and the headquarters will lead to even greater success in the U.S. market. The city and surrounding area offer a strong, capable workforce and an appealing place to live.”
Currently, the headquarters and retail operation employ 12 people, and plans call for doubling that number by the end of the year.
The retail showroom offers the company’s broad line of mattresses and gives the company immediate insight into consumer preferences and needs that are then used by MLILY’s product development team to design mattresses for the company’s retail partners.
We are very excited to open our US headquarters in Knoxville,” said Stephen Chen, president of MLILY USA. “This is a wonderfully diverse economy with a dynamic workforce that we will believe will help us continue to grow our domestic business.”
MLILY USA is the North American mattress and pillow company of Rugao, China-based Healthcare Co., Ltd. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company’s mattresses, pillows and sleep accessories are all manufactured in state-of-the-art factories located in China, Thailand and Serbia that span more than 6 million square feet. With products sold worldwide, MLILY also holds a unique global strategic partnership with Manchester United, the leading sports brand and popular soccer team located in the United Kingdom. As part of the partnership, MLILY provides the team’s training complex with mattresses and other sleep products. For more information, visit www.MLILYUSA.com.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
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Published July 3, 2019